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    As the Donald Trump administration continues to stall official transition efforts to avoid making a tantruming Donald sad, and/or possibly as a last-ditch effort to inflict a bit of petty sabotage on the new administration, President-elect Joe Biden is continuing to fill out his new White House team. The quickest hires have been, as might be expected, longtime Biden allies and veterans of the Obama administration. The Washington Post reports that Biden is "very close" to some cabinet-level decisions, and that some of those picks will be announced "before the end of the month." But Biden has also been more visibly moving forward with the symbolism of transition; the Post notes that Biden prefaced a virtual meeting with former national security officials to discuss the issues a Biden administration will soon face by commenting that "You know that I've been unable to get the briefings that ordinarily would have come...
    CNN host Christiane Amanpour apologized Monday for her recent comments that she said inappropriately “juxtaposed” the infamous Nazi “Kristallnacht” with President Donald Trump’s administration. “I shouldn’t have juxtaposed the two thoughts,” she told “Amanpour” viewers, “Hitler and his evil stand alone, of course, in history. I regret any pain my statement may have caused.” Kristallnacht, or the “Night of Broken Glass,” was an anti-Semitic pogrom incited by the Nazi leadership that resulted in thousands of Jewish shops being vandalized and synagogues burned to the ground Almost 100 Jews died during the terror while hundreds, perhaps thousands, were sent sent to concentration camps. (RELATED: CNN Anchor Describes Bin Laden’s Death As A ‘Nothing Burger’ Compared To Soleimani Killing) The CNN host explained that she made the remarks as she observed the 82nd anniversary of Kristallnacht. “It is the event that began the horrors of the Holocaust,” she said. “I also noted President...
    Robert O’Brien, President Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor, committed the National Security Council Monday to a “very professional transition” to President-elect Joe Biden’s incoming administration. O’Brien’s comments, made Monday during a virtual appearance at Qatar’s Global Security Forum, mark the first time a high-ranking administration official has recognized Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. “If the Biden-Harris ticket is determined to be the winner — obviously things look that way now — we’ll have a very professional transition from the National Security Council,” he stated. “There’s no question about it.” WASHINGTON, DC – DECEMBER 17: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien listen during a meeting with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales in the Oval Office of the White House December 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. President Morales is the first Central American leader to sign and implement the Asylum...
    By Tami Luhby, Caroline Kelly and Devan Cole | CNN When it comes to health policy, President Donald Trump made it his mission to undo many measures his predecessor put in place. President-elect Joe Biden is expected to do the same. In their four years in office, the Trump administration made sweeping changes that affected the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, abortion and transgender rights, in many cases reversing the efforts of the Obama administration. Most of the measures were done through executive orders and regulation since it was tough to get any bills through Congress, particularly after the Democrats took control of the House after the 2018 midterm elections. Biden’s health officials will likely be active, as well, but it will take time for all their actions to take effect. “They don’t have a massive eraser pen. They’ve got to go through the rule-making process,” said Allison Orris, a former...
    As Donald Trump continues to stonewall Joe Biden’s administration and delay the certification of the election results, some are convinced that the president’s refusal to acknowledge his opponent’s is a reflection of his disturbing priorities. “Trump would rather let us all die,” tweeted Ann Brenoff, a senior writer and editor for HuffPost. The comment was a response to ​Scott Dworkin, the co-founder of The Democratic Coalition, who quoted Dr. Anthony Fauci’s push for public health officials to begin working with the Biden administration. The new team is projected to take over the White House in January. As reported by CNBC, Fauci made the comments on CNN during Sunday’s edition of State of the Union with Jake Tapper. “Of course it would be better if we can start working with them,” Fauci said. He also touched on why he believes the transition process is so important. “It’s almost like passing a...
    In a Saturday op-ed for The New York Times, former national security adviser Susan Rice argued that President Donald Trump’s refusal to cooperate with the incoming administration poses a threat to the United States. Democrat Joe Biden was projected the winner of the 2020 presidential election last week, but Trump has not yet conceded the race. This has stalled the transition process, potentially exposing American institutions to grave dangers. In her column, Rice explained that she participated in three presidential transitions. In 2000, when George W. Bush beat Al Gore. In 2008, when Barack Obama took office, and in 2016, after Trump beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations, Rice wrote, all made sure to accommodate their successors and provide them with the necessary briefings. Four years ago, Rice recalled, Obama held a meeting with Trump and she met with General Michael Flynn, briefing him...
    In a Saturday piece for AlterNet, journalist Cody Fenwick argued that Donald Trump’s “mass death” strategy is playing out before the eyes of Americans as coronavirus cases surge throughout the United States along with concerning increases in hospitalizations and deaths. “It’s our horrifying new status quo, and one that experts and observers have been warning would unfold this fall for months,” he wrote. “But the mind-boggling truth is that for the Trump administration, everything is pretty much going as planned.” The writer noted the Trump administration’s previous pushes for a “herd immunity” approach to dealing with the pandemic, which involves allowing the virus to spread through the population. Despite pushback from public health experts — like Dr. Anthony Fauci — a senior Trump administration official allegedly admitted last month that the White House’s coronavirus policy has always been aligned with the tenets of herd immunity. “The problem with this approach...
    Mike Pence gave a speech to the Council for National Policy on Friday and suggested that the White House is planning for another Donald Trump administration. The comments came after the vice president was met with chants of “Four more years!” “That’s the plan,” Pence responded. “We’re just so grateful to each and every one of you for all the support over these past four years, for the ongoing support in the days through which we are passing today,” he said shortly after. Pence continued to suggest that the Trump administration has no plans of letting up its legal battles that call the integrity of the election in question. “I promise you: We will keep fighting until every legal vote is counted, until every illegal vote is thrown out, and we will never stop fighting to make America great again.”   Mark Wilson / Getty Images Although all major...
    Writer Umair Haque believes that Donald Trump’s decision to continue leading the United States after his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden is a sign of the president’s character. “You know, it’s stark evidence of what a monster he is that Trump doesn’t just resign and let Biden handle COVID right now and prevent another hundred thousand deaths, probably more,” he tweeted on Saturday. “It’s stark evidence of how f*cked up America is that isn’t even on the pundits table.” In an op-ed for The Hill, Brent Budowsky suggested that a Trump resignation is still on the table. In particular, he predicted that Trump would resign so that Vice President Mike Pence could offer him a pardon to absolve him of any federal crimes he faces after leaving office. Although Budowsky noted the real estate mogul would still face state investigations, he opined that such cases would be more manageable...
    Joe Biden called on the Trump administration to take 'urgent action' on the rising coronavirus cases around the country as he blasted the president's response as 'woefully lacking'.  The president-elect warned on Friday night that an 'immediate federal response' is needed as the pandemic is 'accelerating right now' and 'does not respect dates on the calendar'.  His comments came after President Trump delivered an update on 'Operation Warp Speed', his administration's effort to aid the development of a vaccine, from the Rose Garden on Friday afternoon.  Trump claimed during the briefing that a vaccine could be available to the entire population as early as April and stated that his administration would never be enforcing a lockdown, despite the growing number of cases nationwide.    Joe Biden (right) called on the Trump administration to take 'urgent action' on the rising coronavirus cases around the country as he blasted the president's...
    The outgoing president was speaking from the gardens of the White House on the Covid-19 pandemic, his first public speech since the announcement of his defeat, which he fiercely refuses to recognize. While the number of cases of contamination with the new coronavirus is clearly on the rise in the country, Donald Trump wanted to rule out the possibility of confinement. “I think time will tell which administration we will have, but whatever happens in the future, who knows, I can tell you that this administration will not impose lockdown,” he said, much less categorical than in his tweets denouncing an election “rigged”. The Republican did not mention the presidential election any further during his speech, concluded without answering journalists’ questions, an exercise to which he nevertheless performed very regularly during his mandate. The last two states in which the results of the November 3...
    President Donald Trump on Friday celebrated Pfizer’s development of a coronavirus vaccine, promising to deliver it quickly to high-risk individuals in the country. Operation Warp Speed operator Moncef Slaoui said there will be enough Coronavirus vaccine doses ready for use to vaccinate 20 million by December, with 25-30 million more doses available per month. Trump predicted that the vaccine would be widely available by April. Trump pointed to the success of his administration’s Operation Warp Speed to fuel the successful development and distribution of a vaccine. “Operation Warp Speed is unequaled and unrivaled anywhere in the world,” he said. The president also criticized Pfizer representatives for trying to distance their company from his administration’s program. “Pfizer said it wasn’t part of Warp Speed but that turned out to be an unfortunate misrepresentation … that’s why we gave them $1.5 billion,” Trump said, referring to the contract announced in July with...
    During a press conference in the Rose Garden of the White House Friday, President Donald Trump came close to acknowledging the incoming Joe Biden administration. As a video clip tweeted by The Hill showed, while arguing against the concept of coronavirus lockdowns, the president seemed about to utter the words “Biden administration,” but he quickly stopped himself, apparently suggesting that it still remains unclear who won the 2020 presidential election. “This administration will not be going to a lockdown. Hopefully the — the, whatever happens in the future, who knows which administration it will be, I guess time will tell — I can tell you this administration will not go to a lockdown.” Journalists and other public figures were quick to note that this was the closest the commander-in-chief ever came to admitting defeat. “Watching him almost say ‘the Biden administration’ and seeing the panic for a moment as he...
    Retiring diplomat Jim Jeffrey believes that President-elect Joe Biden should follow Donald Trump’s lead on foreign policy in the Middle East, Defense One reported. Jeffrey notably signed the 2016 “Never Trump” letter created by Republican national security officials that believed then-presidential candidate Trump was a danger to the United States. Although the former U.S. ambassador to Iraq stands by his decision to sign the document, he has had a change of heart over the years regarding Trump’s foreign policy. “I know what I did in 2016, I do not disagree with that. I was following closely the situation with Iran, Iraq and Syria, and I was appalled that we didn’t have a more coherent policy. This wasn’t a political decision.” According to Jeffrey, George W. Bush and Barack Obama’s approaches to the Middle East “weakened” America and “made things worse.” “Jeffrey now says that Trump’s ‘modest’ and transactional approach to...
    A Thursday report from CNN spotlights Donald Trump’s state of mind as he continues to suggest voter fraud and foreign leaders congratulate Joe Biden on what appears to be his inevitable victory. In the wake of major television networks calling the race for Biden, the report claimed that Trump has been spending a significant amount of time watching their coverage of Biden’s transition. “He was thrilled when he saw Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mention a ‘smooth transition to a second Trump administration’ during a news conference on Tuesday, one person who spoke to him said. But he has been dismayed to see foreign leaders, including those he considered friends such as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, move swiftly toward congratulating Biden.” Per Al Jazeera, leaders of Canada, France, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and Germany quickly congratulated Biden on his victory. As the publication noted, the number of United States...
    Madison Summers November 12, 2020 0 Comments Since several major outlets projected President-elect Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, President Donald Trump has refused to concede and instead filed multiple lawsuits in states. Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan is weighing in on Trump’s refusal to concede in the election. Brennan was asked during Wednesday’s CNN interview if he ever thought in the U.S. he would see a president lose the popular vote so far, lose the Electoral College votes, and “still simply refuse to concede.” Brennan responded that he did not believe he would ever see it, adding, “Clearly, Donald Trump is refusing to accept reality which is not shocking given what we’ve seen over the last four years.” He continued, “This is something that, as you pointed out, can be very damaging to our national security, because this period of transition...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The Lincoln Project has announced plans to launch an advertising campaign against two law firms over their role representing President Donald Trump and the Republican Party in their voter fraud-related lawsuits. On Twitter on Tuesday, the anti-Trump political action committee run by former Republican insiders also urged people to find employees of Jones Day and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur through their social media accounts and “ask them how they can work for an organization trying to overturn the will of the American people.” The group suggested it would also pressure clients to drop the firms. By the end of the day, Porter Wright had deleted its Twitter account, which was being inundated with attacks. Jones Day responded that it is not representing the president, his campaign “or any affiliated party in any litigation alleging voter...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 5:45 p.m. The Lincoln Project has announced plans to launch an advertising campaign against two law firms over their role representing President Donald Trump and the Republican Party in their voter fraud-related lawsuits. On Twitter on Tuesday, the anti-Trump political action committee run by former Republican insiders also urged people to find employees of Jones Day and Porter Wright Morris & Arthur through their social media accounts and “ask them how they can work for an organization trying to overturn the will of the American people.” The group suggested it would also pressure clients to drop the firms. By the end of the day, Porter Wright had deleted its Twitter account, which was being inundated with attacks. There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. In fact, election officials from both political parties have stated...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 5:25 p.m. The Biden campaign’s lawyer is dismissing President Donald Trump’s legal challenges to Joe Biden’s victory as “theatrics” that are intended “to instill in the minds of some portion of the populace that the election was illegitimate.” Bob Bauer said Tuesday on a call with reporters that the Trump campaign is trying to “throw obstacles in the path of the government.” But he said the transition was continuing regardless of any issues playing out in the courts. “In the meantime,” he says, “there’ll be theater, but it’ll be playing to increasingly light crowds, until it empties out completely and Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take their oath of office.” Biden was declared the winner of the election on Saturday, but Trump is refusing to concede. Biden’s chief counsel, Dana Remus, said the presidential transition process would not...
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    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local): 4 p.m. The national intelligence director’s office says it can’t begin engaging with President-elect Joe Biden’s team until a federal agency starts the process of transition, which the Trump administration is delaying. The office, which oversees all U.S. intelligence agencies, said it must follow the Presidential Transition Act, which requires the General Services Administration to first ascertain the winner of the election Trump is contesting. Intelligence agencies have given general intelligence briefings — minus information on covert operations and sources and methods — to presidential nominees since 1952. Biden started receiving them soon after he became the Democratic presidential nominee. It’s unclear if he is still getting them. Some presidents have allowed their successors to receive the President’s Daily Brief, containing the nation’s most sensitive intelligence information. President Donald Trump would have to authorize Biden to receive that...
    It took less than a half hour after the presidential election was called for President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday before Krish O’Mara Vignarajah tweeted her thoughts on what she expected from the incoming administration. “We will, day-in and day-out, hold the Biden administration accountable to its promises to immigrants, refugees, DREAMers, and the American people,” she wrote. “And together, we can and we will build a fair and humane immigration system that reflects our better angels.” As the president and CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, Vignarajah was one of several immigrant rights leaders who decried President Donald Trump’s decision last month to cut the annual refugee limit to 15,000, the lowest ceiling in the history of the 40-year-old resettlement program — down from 30,000 in 2019 and 45,000 in 2018. The refugee limit was the latest in a four-year string of hard-line actions by the Trump administration to...
    Esper, center, walks with Trump after the administration tear gassed protesters so Donald could hold up a Bible at a church. Well, here it comes. A peeved Donald Trump is launching one last administration purge, retaliating against his own sycophants and allies for not being sycophantic enough. By tweet, yet again, Trump announced that he had "terminated" Mark Esper as secretary of defense; the new acting secretary of defense will be Christopher Miller, the current head of the National Counterterrorism Center. It is not precisely clear what Esper's thoughtcrime against Dear Leader was, but Trump has reportedly been unhappy with Esper's resistance to attacking American citizens with American troops because Donald Trump and his allies are fascists and very much wanted that to happen. It is likely, however, that Esper will not be the last to be purged. Donald now has only a few months to dish out vengeance and humiliation...
    Alex Thomas November 9, 2020 0 Comments After days of counting votes, President Donald Trump will be the first one-term president since George H. W. Bush lost his election in 1992. Trump’s niece, Mary Trump, says that her uncle will not go quietly and is instead predicting that he will do everything he can to wreak chaos on his way out and work to “delegitimize the new administration.” In an op-ed in The Guardian, Mary Trump said that her uncle would not concede, adding that “all he’s got now is breaking stuff, and he’s going to do that with a vengeance.” She said that her uncle will “lash out” and that “he will go as far as he can to delegitimize the new administration, then he’ll pass pardons that will demoralze us, and sign a flurry of executive orders.” “Remember, he will also still be in charge of...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said it was “bad news” that a potential coronavirus vaccine has been developed while President Trump is in office. The New York Democrat also said that he is working with other governors to potentially “stop” the Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines for coronavirus, saying that its current design is “flawed.” Como was responding to Pfizer’s announcement on Monday that its coronavirus vaccine has proved 90% effective during clinical trials. The trial results are a potential game-changer in the fight against the virus, which has caused nearly 240,000 deaths in the U.S. this year. “The good news is the Pfizer tests look good and we’ll have a vaccine shortly. The bad news is that it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over and that means this administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan,” Cuomo said. Cuomo did not specify his...
    As media outlets call the 2020 presidential election for Democrat Joe Biden and Donald Trump might be on his way out of the White House, journalist Glenn Greenwald released a piece on Substack that spotlighted the atrocities of the George W. Bush administration. “There is nothing done by the Trump administration that can be rationally characterized as a radical aberration, some dramatic break, from U.S. tradition,” he argued. “Quite the contrary: none of Trump’s actions and policies are in some new universe of savagery, lawlessness, or radicalism when compared to those who preceded him in power.” Greenwald — a former attorney — noted that Bush and his vice president, Dick Cheney, violated Congressional statutes in order to free themselves to detain, kill, and spy on anyone they wanted so long as it was deemed part of the War of Terror. Like Barack Obama’s administration afterward, the writer noted that Bush...
    That's Tuesday night. The maskless man going to the celebration on the right is Mark meadows. He has COVID-19 Donald Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows has tested positive for the coronavirus. Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg News reported that “Meadows informed a close circle of advisers after the election.” Meadows becomes yet another member of the Trump administration to come down with the virus. Bloomberg also reports that Trump’s campaign Director of Battleground Strategy Nick Trainer has also tested positive for the virus. Meadows has been seen maskless at numerous campaign functions over the past couple of weeks, including on Tuesday night, when Trump went to Michigan for a rally. It seems that that rally might now be the newest superspreader event in an administration responsible for the poor handling of our current public health crisis. Here is Mark Meadows getting petulant with reporters, who asked he keep his mask on while talking...
    CHICAGO -- A federal judge in Chicago struck down a key immigration rule Monday that would deny green cards to immigrants who use food stamps or other public benefits, a blow to the Trump administration on the eve of the election.In a decision that applies nationwide, U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman rejected the rule that had taken effect recently after the U.S. Supreme Court reversed a hold on the policy following lawsuits. Among other things, Feinerman said the rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act, which makes federal agencies accountable to the public by outlining a detailed process for enacting regulations.The decision marked the latest turn in a complex legal battle over the rule that has been among President Donald Trump's most aggressive steps in overhauling the nation's immigration system. The Chicago lawsuit, filed by the Illinois Coalition of Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Cook County, was among numerous legal challenges.Under...
    In a Friday op-ed penned for Raw Story, mental health experts Alan D. Blotcky, David M. Reiss and Seth D. Norrholm described President Donald Trump as “an existential threat to humanity.” Blotcky is a clinical psychologist in Birmingham, Alabama, Reiss is a psychiatrist based in Rancho Santa Fe, California, and Norrholm is an associate professor of psychiatry at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. The trio opened the column by describing the upcoming presidential election as “the most consequential election in our lifetimes” and slammed Trump as a “menace to our country.” The columnists pointed to statements from former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci and Lincoln Project co-founder George Conway, both of whom have — despite being lifelong Republicans — denounced Trump as an unprecedented threat to the United States. “This is not a partisan issue. Some Republicans understand Trump’s menace well and are outspoken,”...
    In a Thursday column penned for The Detroit News, Josh Venable endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden for President of the United States. Venable, who served for two years as U.S. Department of Education chief of staff in the Donald Trump administration, wrote that he is “exhausted” and ready, for the first time in his life, to vote for a Democrat. Venable explained that he has spent his entire career working for “Republican candidates and conservative causes, managing campaigns, organizing coalitions and raising money,” but noted that he cannot throw his support behind the GOP on November 3. Calling on all Republicans to join him in this effort, the former Trump administration official accused the commander-in-chief of “sowing strife and discord.” “He does so at the expense of the nation’s interests, the health and prosperity of our fellow citizens, alliances forged through generations of sacrifice, and the personal safety of...
    The Trump administration blocked 264 celebrities including Billie Eilish and Christina Aguilera from appearing in its $250 million commercial, due to their political views and vocal support of gay rights, The Daily Mail reported. According to the publication, the Trump administration approved the expensive COVID-19 awareness campaign just weeks before the election, and considered a list of 274 celebrities to star in it. However, the vast majority of the famous faces initially listed were subsequently struck off, with just ten approved. Eilish, 18, was removed from the list due to the fact she was “not a Trump supporter,” as well as for her comments at August’s Democratic National Convention, when she stated that Trump was “destroying our country and everything we care about.” Meanwhile, Aguilera was dropped from consideration from the ad because she “is an Obama-supporting Democrat and a gay rights supporting liberal.”   Gareth Cattermole / Getty...
     RAPPER Lil Wayne showcased his support for President Donald Trump on Thursday by sharing a photo of them together and praising the administration’s “Platinum Plan” for blacks.  Lil Wayne met with Trump in Miami earlier in the day and both smiled and posed with thumbs up, standing in front of three American flags.  5Lil Wayne met with President Donald Trump in MiamiCredit: Twitter 5President Donald Trump has received support from various rappers including Kanye West and Lil WayneCredit: AFP or licensors “Just had a great meeting with @realdonaldtrump @potus besides what he’s done so far with criminal reform, the platinum plan is going to give the community real ownership,” the rapper tweeted. “He listened to what we had to say today and assured he will and can get it done.” The Trump administration’s Platinum Plan aims at investing $500 million into black communities and winning support from them. It was...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.A few months ago, hunkered down in the middle of the pandemic, I spent several days paging through old newspaper stories about a new group of immigrants from Central America who were showing up at the US border and asking for political asylum. They were fleeing civil wars and right-wing death squads, but when they got to the United States they were almost always turned away. “Economic migrants,” the Reagan administration called them, equal parts derisive and dismissive. There’s long been cruelty, xenophobia, and racism built into the US immigration system. What’s different about the Trump administration is its total embrace of these horrible legacies—and the damage it’s willing to do to people from all walks of life, simply because they aren’t US citizens. This week, Mother Jones is producing a series of...
    Creative Commons/Laura PontiggiaGray wolfWolves de-listed. KSTP reports: “Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators. … The U.S. Department of Interior announcement just days ahead of the Nov. 3 election could lead to the resumption of wolf hunts in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin — a crucial battleground in the campaign between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. … It’s the latest in a series of administration actions on the environment that appeal to key blocs of rural voters in the race’s final days, including steps to allow more mining in Minnesota and logging in Alaska.” Same day Trump will be here. The Forum News Service’s Dana Ferguson reports (via the Brainerd Dispatch): “Former Vice President Joe Biden is set to make a trip to...
    Stephen Miller is spending the final days of the election pushing for even more extreme immigration policies. Should Donald Trump get reelected, Stephen Miller, Trump's senior immigration adviser, is pushing to implement an even harsher slate of immigration policies over the next four years, the Guardian reported Wednesday. If Trump wins a second term — or simply refuses to concede defeat — Miller will be closer than ever to achieving his vision of a White America. Jean Guerrero is the author of Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda. In an interview with the Guardian, Guerrero said a second Trump term could unleash even more extreme, nationalistic immigration policies — with Miller as the mastermind behind them all.
    PRESIDENT Donald Trump on Wednesday slammed the unmasked "Anonymous" anti-Trumper as someone he had "never even heard of" and said CNN should fire him. “Who is Miles Taylor?" tweeted Trump, calling by name the former Department of Homeland Security official who came forward as the writer of a lengthy 2018 New York Times op-ed bashing the president. "Said he was 'anonymous', but I don’t know him - never even heard of him," Trump continued. "Just another @nytimes SCAM - he worked in conjunction with them. Also worked for Big Tech’s @Google. Now works for Fake News @CNN. They should fire, shame, and punish everybody...." Earlier on Wednesday, the White House ripped Taylor, who now works as a CNN contributor, as "ineffective and incompetent" and a "low-level disgruntled" aide. In his 2018 article, Taylor declared that he was part of the "resistance" inside the Trump administration to stop the president's "agenda."...
    President Donald Trump ridiculed The New York Times after the “Anonymous” administration “insider” Miles Tayor revealed his identity on Wednesday. “Turned out to be a low-level staffer, a sleaze bag, who’s never worked in the White House,” Trump said, describing him as a “nobody” and a “disgruntled employee.” Miles Taylor, chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security under Kirstjen Nielsen, revealed Wednesday afternoon that he was the anonymous “senior” white house official who authored the critical New York Times op-ed on President Donald Trump in 2018. “You know where he works now? He works at CNN, can you believe it?” Trump chuckled. The president joked that after the New York Times published the op-ed, he was concerned that the “anonymous” official could have been a high-level source like his top advisers Hope Hicks or even his son-in-law Jared Kushner or even a Senator like Mike Lee (R-UT) or...
    Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor has been blasted as a ‘two-faced liar’ after he revealed himself to be the anonymous author of a controversial 2018 New York Times op-ed – just weeks after denying he was responsible for the bombshell anti-Trump piece. The article, published in September 2018, chronicled a resistance movement to the president within his own administration and described Trump as, ‘impetuous, adversarial, petty and ineffective.’ The identity of 'Anonymous' consumed the president and his aides for some time and became one of Washington's favorite guessing games. Taylor revealed himself as the culprit on Twitter Wednesday afternoon ahead of an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. However, just weeks earlier in August, Taylor denied being the unnamed author when asked during an interview on the network with Anderson Cooper. ‘No I'm not [Anonymous] ... I've got my own thoughts on who that might be,’...
    President Donald Trump says former Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor should be prosecuted now that he has come forward as the author of an anonymous anti-Trump op-ed published by the New York Times in 2018. Trump criticized Taylor in tweets hours after Taylor came forward as the op-ed’s author on Twitter. His op-ed detailed what he called a “resistance” within the Trump administration made up of officials attempting to thwart Trump’s policies. The Times called Taylor a “senior administration official,” which many are saying was a misleading title for Taylor, who used to work as the chief of staff for a former secretary of Homeland Security. Trump called Taylor a “low level lowlife” and a “sleazebag” during his Tuesday evening rally in Arizona. Trump tells this Arizona rally that Anonymous aka @MilesTaylorUSA “should be prosecuted.” — Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) October 28, 2020 Who is Miles Taylor? Said...
    Loading the player... Miles Taylor, a former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff, has announced that he is “Anonymous,” the senior White House administration official who claimed to be part of a “resistance” working “from within” to thwart President Donald Trump’s “worst inclinations.” Read More: Trump questions Whitmer kidnapping plot as governor addresses ‘cruel’ attacks against her Taylor, an outspoken Trump critic, tweeted Wednesday that he wrote the 2018 op-ed in The New York Times and a subsequent book. Anonymous’ identity had been hidden until now. Taylor writes in a statement six days before the election that he is a Republican and wanted Trump to succeed. Donald Trump is a man without character. It’s why I wrote “A Warning”…and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. It’s time for everyone to step out of the shadows. My statement:...
    “Anonymous,” the unnamed author who, while part of President Donald Trump’s administration, wrote a New York Times op-ed sharply criticizing him, revealed his identity Wednesday as Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff to a former secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Taylor also authored “A Warning,” a book that anonymously criticized the president from the perspective of a member of the Trump administration. Taylor revealed his identity Wednesday in a Medium post. “I saw Donald Trump prove he is a man without character, and his personal defects have resulted in leadership failures so significant that they can be measured in lost American lives,” Taylor wrote. “I witnessed Trump’s inability to do his job over the course of two-and-a-half years. Everyone saw it, though most were hesitant to speak up for fear of reprisals,” he added. Donald Trump is a man without character. It’s why I wrote “A Warning”…and it’s why...
    Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff for the Department of Homeland Security and vocal Donald Trump critic, is 'Anonymous,' the author of a controversial New York Times op-ed in September 2018 that described a resistance movement to the president within his own administration. He revealed himself on Twitter Wednesday afternoon ahead of an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper. Taylor also wrote a book under his name de plume and is a CNN contributor, where he publicly bashes President Trump's actions and his policies.  'Donald Trump is a man without character. It’s why I wrote “A Warning”...and it’s why me & my colleagues have spoken out against him (in our own names) for months. It’s time for everyone to step out of the shadows,' he tweeted. His Twitter bio includes 'No longer Anonymous.'  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Taylor a 'low-level, disgruntled' former staffer who was fired from his role...
    Miles Taylor, a former senior Trump administration official, has come forward to reveal that he is the author of a scathing op-ed published by the New York Times in 2018 that warned of the dangers of Donald Trump’s presidency. Taylor, who served as chief of staff to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, published a statement on Wednesday confirming that he wrote the op-ed that claimed he was part of a resistance to Trump within his own administration. The statement, published on Medium, explained why he made the decision to publish the piece anonymously and why he felt the need to come forward now. The decision to remain anonymous drew criticism at the time, with many critics saying the person was only continuing to enable Trump by not going on the record with their warnings. Taylor said that it was not an easy decision and he understood why some...
    Breitbart News entertainment editor Jerome Hudson appeared on Fox News’ Fox & Friends morning show on Tuesday to discuss his latest book 50 Things They Don’t Want You to Know About Trump. The conversation focused on how the president revived manufacturing in the United States and brought about the return of the country’s energy independence. Jerome Hudson spoke with Fox & Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade, who asked why so many of the president’s accomplishments have gotten lost in the mainstream media’s coverage of his administration. “A large part of it, Brian, is that the political media in this country was much more interested in pushing the phony dossier that led to the impeachment of President Trump, and largely focused on his personality, than they were on his policies that actually lifted the value of life for all Americans,” Hudson said. During his first term, President Trump worked to revive manufacturing...
    In a Sunday interview with Fox News, Vice President Mike Pence defended President Donald Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking with anchor Mark Levin, Pence argued that Trump took action early on, praising the decision to restrict travel to and from China, where the virus is thought to have originated. “That decision alone saved countless American lives because it bought us invaluable time to stand up the greatest national mobilization since World War II.” Pence slammed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying that Biden criticized the initiative as “xenophobic.” Travel restrictions, Pence argued, “bought us time” to establish testing systems and rapidly produce and distribute the necessary medical equipment. Pence then pivoted to bashing the Barack Obama administration, accusing his predecessors of mishandling the federal government’s response to the 2009 H1N1 swine flu. He pointed out that the swine flu “infected 60 million Americans, and if it had...
    Julio Cortez/AP For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.During Thursday night’s debate, President Donald Trump repeated one of his most disgusting lies: The Obama administration, he claimed, created family separation, and his administration ended it. “They did it,” Trump said. “We changed the policy.” There is not even a sliver of truth to that. Former Vice President Joe Biden responded forcefully, and accurately. “They separated them at the border to make it a disincentive to come to begin with,” Biden said. “Coyotes didn’t bring them over. Their parents were with them. They got separated from their parents. And it makes us a laughingstock. And it violates every notion of who we are as a nation.” Wow. Donald Trump just said that only immigrants "with the lowest IQ" come back for court hearings under catch and release #Debates2020 pic.twitter.com/GP0jfDcd4H —...
    Claim: “[House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want to approve anything because she’d love to have some victory after November 3rd,” President Donald Trump said on Thursday when asked why a stimulus bill has not been passed. Verdict: True. Trump has made it clear that he would give his blessing to a stimulus bill that is even larger than what the Democrats have demanded. Republican negotiators, led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, have proposed $1.8 trillion in spending as well as a series of smaller bills to fund programs both the GOP and Democrats have agreed to. Nancy Pelosi has resisted all attempts to forge a compromise deal in an effort to deny the Trump administration a legislative win prior to the election. Breitbart reported in early October: Whatever the exact words and terms exchanged, Pelosi’s message was clear. In fact, it had remained unwavering for months. No deal with the...
    Linda Ronstadt derided Donald Trump and his administration’s handling of the situation at the United States’ southern border in a fiery interview to promote her latest documentary.  The music icon, 74, will appear in the new film “Linda and the Mockingbirds,” which focuses on her relationship with the Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy, a Bay Area educational organization designed to help young Mexican Americans interested in the arts.  Speaking to The Guardian, she explained how close the subject is to her heart having spent her career as a Mexican performer and seeing the way people talked down to her fellow artists of color.  “People didn’t have a clue I was Mexican unless they grew up with me,” the "When Will I Be Loved" crooner told the outlet. LINDA RONSTADT REVEALS PARKINSON'S DISEASE DIAGNOSIS As a result, she has particularly strong opinions about the Trump administration when it comes to helping Mexican...
    Barack Obama allegedly has strong feelings about Donald Trump’s presidency and its focus on dismantling policies from the former president’s administration, The Hill reported. “He finds this presidency completely and utterly reprehensible,” a source close to Obama said. The news comes as Obama hits the campaign trail on Wednesday in Philadelphia to offer his support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. As reported by The Hill, Obama is expected to use a significant amount of his time attacking Trump and convincing Americans that the country cannot afford a second term under the Republican firebrand. “President Obama understands more intensely than anyone what’s at stake this election as Donald Trump has systematically attacked his legacy every day since taking office nearly four years ago,” said Democratic strategist Joel Payne. Other strategists echoed Payne and pointed to the campaign stint as a window of opportunity for Obama to defend his legacy. “It’s...
    The Trump administration is slashing pay for farmworkers, which could benefit Donald Trump himself. The country's largest farmworkers union sued the Trump administration on Wednesday for pulling the plug on an essential U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. The move could slash farmworkers' pay and even "personally benefit" Donald Trump, the group said. In September, the USDA announced it was suspending its semi-annual Farm Labor Survey, which provides the basis for wage estimates for all workers hired by U.S. farms and ranches.
    The Trump administration is slashing pay for farm workers, which could benefit Donald Trump himself. The country's largest farm workers union sued the Trump administration on Wednesday for pulling the plug on an essential U.S. Department of Agriculture survey. The move could slash farm workers' pay and even "personally benefit" Donald Trump, the group said. In September, the USDA announced it was suspending its semi-annual Farm Labor Survey, which provides the basis for wage estimates for all workers hired by U.S. farms and ranches.
    U.S. President Donald Trump talks with U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott as he tours a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall in San Luis, Arizona, U.S., June 23, 2020.Carlos Barria | Reuters The Supreme Court said on Monday that it will hear two cases related to President Donald Trump's efforts to limit migration into the U.S. from Mexico. One case concerns whether the Trump administration's use of disputed military funds to construct a portion of a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border violated the law. Another involves his administration's "remain in Mexico" policy for those seeking asylum in the United States. The Justice Department asked the top court to hear appeals in both cases after suffering defeats in lower courts. The announcement from the justices was made in an order. Decisions in the cases are expected by the end of June. This is breaking news. Check...
    Former White House chief of staff John Kelly has reportedly offered some very harsh criticism of Donald Trump in private, telling friends that the president is the “most flawed person” he has ever known. As CNN reported, the retired United States Marine Corps general has attacked what he sees as dishonesty from Trump, calling him “pathetic” in private remarks. “The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it’s more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life,” Kelly has reportedly told friends. The report was released Friday, ahead of a special program airing Sunday night on the cable news network in which some former top members of the administration explain why they now see Trump as unfit to hold office. The report noted that others have backed Kelly’s assertions about...
    President Donald Trump on Friday announced a deal between his administration, CVS, and Walgreens to distribute free coronavirus vaccines to nursing homes and long-term care facilities for seniors. “I’m thrilled to announce that we have just finalized a partnership with CVS and Walgreens,” Trump said at an event in Florida. “Two places you know pretty well, I guess.” The vaccine will be available for residents in all long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and residential care homes. “You devoted yourself to this country and I am devoting my life to you,” Trump said in an event highlighting his commitments to America’s seniors. CVS and Walgreens will coordinate the delivery of the vaccine and administration of the shots to each facility, according to a release from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Trump said he would continue focusing his administration’s efforts on protecting high-risk patients...
    In an op-ed published Thursday in Vanity Fair, Rudy Giuliani’s daughter Caroline endorsed Democrat Joe Biden for President of the United States. “I accept that most people will start reading this piece because you saw the headline with my father’s name,” she began, urging all Americans to fight against the kind of politics represented by President Donald Trump. “There is hope on the horizon, but we’ll only grasp it if we elect Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Giuliani argued. She recalled how she would get into debates with her father — who is now Trump’s personal lawyer — when she was a child. Giuliani wrote that she and former New York City mayor would often spar over LGBTQ rights, sexism, race relations, issues related to policing and welfare. The lawyer’s daughter conceded that she had “an extremely privileged childhood,” for which she is grateful for, but noted that the main...
    Madison Summers October 14, 2020 0 Comments Former national security adviser John Bolton is suggesting that a second term for President Donald Trump could cause “even more profound” harm to the U.S. Speaking about North Korea during a phone call interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box Asia” Wednesday, Bolton said a lot of time has been “wasted” with “Trump’s failed diplomacy with North Korea.” He added, “Rogue states need time to perfect their nuclear capabilities, their ballistic missile capabilities. That’s what Kim Jong Un was doing.” “So, I do think it’s more dangerous now because of the progress that North Korea has made,” Bolton said, adding that it would be a “tough play” for the Biden administration if Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the upcoming election. See Bolton’s remarks below: Bolton added that public opinion in the U.S. is “hardening against China.” Additionally, Bolton was asked about his...
    Just three days after abruptly calling for the end of coronavirus relief negotiations until after the election, President Donald Trump has now signaled that he is determined to strike a big deal with Congress before the election. "Covid Relief Negotiations are moving along. Go Big!" the president tweeted Friday morning.Covid Relief Negotiations are moving along. Go Big! — Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1602258520.0What are the details?Earlier in the morning, Jake Sherman of Politico reported that Trump now wanted a deal "badly" and that White House officials were planning on working all next week to get it done. Later, Sherman and company reported in the Politico Playbook PM that the White House's new top-line number is $1.8 trillion, up from the GOP's previous top line, which was $1.5 trillion. The Trump administration is also aiming for $300 billion in state and local funding — which is also higher than...
    CLAIM: Vice President Mike Pence claimed that former Vice President Joe Biden didn’t have his own coronavirus policy, but simply copied that of the Trump administration. VERDICT: PARTLY TRUE. Biden’s plan mirrors Trump’s. The first question of the vice presidential debate was about the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) was given the first chance to respond, and to explain what Biden’s policy would be. Instead of explaining the Biden policy, Harris attacked Trump’s policy. Pence responded by outlining the steps the administration had taken, from the China travel ban to the vaccine program; from revamping testing to providing medical supplies. He then added that what Biden had proposed to do sounded very similar to what the Trump administration had already done. “It looks a little bit like plagiarism, which is something Joe Biden knows a little bit about,” he quipped. Pence’s claim that Biden’s...
    Donald Trump’s maniacal actions over the past week have been … distressing. He is the president of the United States of America. With elections coming in just a few weeks, Republicans like Texas Sen. John Cornyn find themselves holding tightly to the sinking rim of the burning garbage bag that is this administration. At literally any point since Jan. 20, 2017, there have been myriad reasons a Republican with even a passing flirtation with integrity could have seriously questioned or even admonished the president and his administration’s actions. Cornyn has been particularly impotent as a political leader at this time. Even facing the strange threats of a coup against democracy by the Trump administration has brought a flatlined and cowardly response from the Texas senator. Then, on Monday, after a weekend where Trump was airlifted to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment of COVID-19, which he may have knowingly put people in danger of catching...
    Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump campaign launches 'Operation MAGA' while president recovers from COVID-19 'Tiger King' star Joe Exotic requests pardon from Trump: 'Be my hero please' Zaid Jilani discusses Trump's move to cancel racial sensitivity training at federal agencies MORE released a new video on Wednesday encouraging hunters and other outdoorsmen to vote for his father next month.  The president’s son, an avid hunter himself, highlighted moves by the Trump administration to make public lands more accessible for sportsmen.  He also alluded to a bipartisan bill the president signed this year that would devote $900 million annually for  conservation programs like securing land for national parks.  “Make sure you recognize what’s actually gone on. Make sure that you realize that Donald Trump has delivered for you,” Trump said in the video posted to Twitter.  A source familiar told The Hill that for now the ad is just on social...
    Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., shared his reaction to Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassifying documents that show former CIA Director John Brennan briefed former President Barack Obama on 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s “plan” to distract the American public from her email scandal by alleging Russian collusion ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The younger Trump said in an interview with FNC’s “Fox & Friends” that the information Ratcliffe declassified shows there was a “setup” by the Obama administration, the CIA, and the FBI to hurt then-candidate Donald Trump, which is “what we knew was going on all along.” “Given what I went through because of that for three and a half years, I’m obviously pretty upset,” Trump stated. “I mean, it’s sort of what we knew was going on all along. it’s why I was so belligerent at the time and wasn’t...
    Stephen Miller, a senior policy advisor to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus, an administration official says. Miller tested positive for the virus on Tuesday after working remotely for the prior five days and testing negative every day through yesterday, according to NBC News reporter Hallie Jackson. Miller is currently in quarantine. Developing story, more to follow.  Stephen Miller (seen in June), a senior policy advisor to President Donald Trump, has tested positive for coronavirus, an administration official says
    During most of his press conferences since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Jared Polis has shied away from vigorously bashing President Donald Trump, choosing instead to offer subtler criticism of the current administration's response to the virus and apparent lack of a national strategy to combat it. But his virtual session on October 6 was different. This time around, Polis ripped Trump, who has shrugged off having the virus on Twitter and taken part in media events that have disturbed public health experts, accusing him of irresponsibility that could lead to greater problems in Colorado should too many residents follow his example. "It's challenging to watch how the White House is handling this on a personal level," Polis maintained. "Like a lot of things, the President is taking this in a wrong and divisive direction with regard to his counsel and what he's advising people to do." When...
    New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman blasted the White House for what she called “staggering” lying regarding Donald Trump’s health updates. The administration has come under fire for inconsistent and sometimes contradictory updates about his status since he was hospitalized over the weekend after announcing that he had contracted coronavirus. The official statements surrounding his condition and treatment have often raised more questions, and led to allegations that the administration was not being forthright about his real condition. Haberman was among those pushing back, saying that there has been dishonesty from the president’s team and U.S. Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley, who serves as his physician. “The lying from the White House on Friday and from Conley yesterday about the president’s condition is staggering,” she tweeted. Haberman pointed out that the inconsistent information, with some reports claiming the president was doing well but other officials saying he was in real...
    Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images “Strategic narcissism” is the term of reference for HR McMaster’s latest book. Coined by the late Hans Morgenthau, it refers to a tendency “to view the world only in relation to the US”. Instead, McMaster argues that America should embrace “strategic empathy” as its doctrine for international relations. But what sounds good as theory is not always easily deliverable. Related: HR McMaster on serving Trump: ‘If you’re not on the pitch, you’re going to get your ass kicked’ Donald Trump’s second national security adviser, a retired three-star general, positions himself as a historian and thinker who would rely upon diplomacy, democracy, alliances and realism to implement policy objectives. He is not an isolationist, a subscriber to the theory the US is to blame for the world’s ills, or a doctrinaire realist. Driving his point home, he castigates Charles Koch, on the right, and George Soros,...
    Donald Trump was administered supplemental oxygen at the White House on Friday before he was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a new report claims. The Associated Press reported on Saturday that Trump needed the medical intervention sometime in the hours after he first announced on Twitter that and first lady Melania Trump had tested positive for coronavirus. The news comes just as chief of staff Mark Meadows said on Saturday that the president went through a “very concerning” period on Friday, though it was not clear if this was the same period that he was administered oxygen. Meadows added that the next 48 hours would be critical as he battles the coronavirus infection. The report noted that while officials have been mostly positive in their updates, the briefing on Saturday from Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley and other doctors raised other questions. They did not directly address...
    Michael Mann, a respected environmental scientist and professor at Pennsylvania State University, has claimed that a second Donald Trump presidential term will be catastrophic for the climate on a global scale. In an interview with The Guardian, Mann said that another four years of Trump in office would make it impossible to avert more detrimental “climate change impacts.” According to the scientist, global warming needs to be limited under “below a degree and a half Celsius, a little less than three degrees Fahrenheit.” Mann said that Trump is focused on getting rid of protections that were put in place by the previous administration. As The Inquisitr previously documented, the president signed an executive order earlier this year to remove the environmental review process for major projects. Earlier this year, Mann declared that Trump’s actions will lead to a “game over” scenario in regard to climate change. These claims were reaffirmed...
    Colorado politicians are pushing back against a rumored Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that could hit Denver before the election. “The President’s proposed ICE raids are intended to incite fear for political gain," says Representative Joe Neguse. "His attempts to demonize immigrants will not work in Denver, and will not work in Colorado. We need humane and comprehensive immigration reform, not an administration that cruelly rips people away from their homes and their families." On September 29, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration was preparing an "immigration enforcement blitz" focusing on cities that have adopted so-called sanctuary policies. The "sanctuary op" would begin in California, likely in early October, and then expand to other places, including Denver, according to the Post piece.Related Stories House Subcommittee Report Takes Aim at Aurora Immigrant Detention Facility Asian Americans Protest ICE Head Tony Pham, Vietnamese Refugee Detainee Transfers Lead to COVID-19 Increase at Aurora...
    Donald Trump reportedly ordered the federal government to launch a $300 million, taxpayer-funded ad campaign to “defeat despair” about coronavirus — one that is drawing some widespread criticism. Details of the ad blitz were shared in a Friday report from Politico, which noted that the administration had already conducted interviews with celebrities like actor Dennis Quaid. Politico noted that the advertising blitz was shaped by Michael Caputo, a political appointee with close ties to Trump and pulled off by close allies. Citing six individuals with knowledge of the plans, the outlet said that it will discuss the coronavirus crisis and steps the Trump administration has taken to combat it. The ads are slated to start airing before Election Day, the outlet noted, and are already drawing scrutiny from Democrats who claim that it is meant to boost Trump’s public standing on the coronavirus response. Many questioned the timing of the...
    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff encouraged Trump administration officials to quit on the president in the aftermath of him not committing to a peaceful transfer of power.   'If you have been debating about whether you can continue to serve the country be serving this president, you can't. It is time to resign,' Schiff said Wednesday on MSNBC's 'Rachel Maddow Show.'  He also encouraged former administration officials to speak out.   House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said Wednesday that Trump administration officials should 'resign' after hearing the president's comments on a peaceful transfer of power  President Donald Trump was asked to commit to a peaceful transfer of power earlier this week and he was non-committal  'And I would say to those who have been on the sidelines maintaining a dignified silence who have served in the administration in the past, you cannot maintain your silence any longer,' the...
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer are calling for congressional investigations into the Trump administration's "politicization of [the] pandemic response." The Democratic governors singled out President Donald Trump, saying in a joint statement on Thursday that the "unprecedented and unacceptable scale of this tragedy is the direct result of President Trump and the federal government's deceit, political self-dealing and incompetence."[ SEE: Political Cartoons on President Donald Trump ]"It is an inarguable fact that the United States has had the worst response to the COVID-19 virus of any nation in the world," the statement read. According to Johns Hopkins University, the U.S. has the highest number of reported coronavirus cases globally, with more than 6.94 million. The U.S. also has the highest reported death toll, at more than 202,240. Both Cuomo and Whitmer have traded sharp jabs with Trump over the handling of the pandemic, with the...
    A Wednesday report from The Hill outlined the purported damaging effects of Donald Trump’s coronavirus response on the morale within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to a current CDC employee, the morale is the lowest in their time at the agency. “I have never seen morale this low,” they said. “It’s just, people are beaten down. People are beaten down partially by a public who not only distrusts us but who actually think we want to infringe on their civil liberties. The other factor is the active undermining by senior members of our own administration.” Rich Besser, a former CDC director, said that his conversations with former colleagues who work at the agency convey an “overwhelming sense of despair.” “People are working incredibly hard to reduce the impact of the pandemic and the sense that they’re being blocked by people at the political level, and that...
    (CNN)Last week the White House was hit by a bombshell: A former top aide to Vice President Mike Pence, who was intimately involved in the administration's response to the coronavirus, blamed President Trump for mishandling the crisis and causing unnecessary deaths. Miles TaylorThe official was Olivia Troye. And her words may change this election.Troye surprised the Trump administration by dropping a damning video testimonial about the President, and the White House immediately went on the offensive. Unsurprisingly, Trump proceeded to lie and mislead roughly a half-dozen times about Troye."She was on the [Covid-19] task force as some kind of lower-level person," Trump said.Until her departure in July, Troye was Vice President Pence's homeland security adviser, the top aide responsible for advising him on everything from terrorist attacks and natural disasters to global pandemics. Read MoreIn fact, she was one of the White House officials on the Covid-19 task force from...
              Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio. During the third hour, Carmichael explains distinctive similarities between the Reagan administration and his world view to that of present-day President Donald Trump. He added that the upcoming presidential election is the Democratic Party which is the establishment versus Donald Trump. Leahy: I am with the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael. I want to talk about the presidential race. A report just in that the president is expected to announce his Supreme Court nominee Friday or Saturday this week. But that’s going to really impact the presidential race significantly and that whole confirmation fight. We are now 43 days until the...
    During the Republican National Convention, the high-ranking women in Donald Trump’s White House tried to make the case for the president’s commitment to gender equality. Outgoing adviser Kellyanne Conway called him “a champion for women.” Brooke Rollins, acting director of the Domestic Policy Council, went further, saying Trump has more women in his top team “than any president before.” A video flashed through images of women who advise the president, including his daughter Ivanka Trump and his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump. A voiceover intoned: “President Trump has proven that when the stakes are highest, he is proud to entrust many of our nation’s most crucial jobs to women.” The rhetoric, however, belies the reality in the Trump White House, particularly when it comes to the gender pay gap, a key measure of gender parity. An analysis by The 19th of the 2020 median salaries in the Trump White House found a...
    A Friday report from The New York Times outlined emails that show Donald Trump’s administration attempted to muzzle the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention during the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, Paul Alexander, who recently departed his position as science adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services, allegedly took aim at CDC veteran Anne Schuchat for her attempt to promote mask-wearing to Americans to curb the spread of COVID-19. According to Alexander, Schuchat’s promotion of public preventative measures was detrimental to the president. “Her aim is to embarrass the president,” he wrote in a two-page critique of her interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association. Elsewhere, Alexander called Schuchat — who is the CDC’s principal deputy director — “duplicitous” in an email to his boss, Michael R. Caputo, the top spokesman at the Health and Human Services Department’s who went on medical leave this week. According to...
    Former White House staffer Olivia Troye claimed that Donald Trump mocked and disparaged his supporters, calling them “disgusting people” and suggesting that the coronavirus pandemic had a bright side in that it would enable him to stop shaking hands with them. As The Sun reported, Troye left the administration and became a member of the group Republican Voters Against Trump, which is an organization supporting Joe Biden in the upcoming election. She recalled that working for the Trump administration was “terrifying” and that he seemed to care more about getting a second term in office than in helping the individuals who were being impacted by the deadly disease. ”Maybe this COVID thing is a good thing. I don’t like shaking hands with people,” she claimed Trump said. “I don’t have to shake hands with these disgusting people.” The former Homeland Security adviser for Vice President Mike Pence went on to...
    President Donald Trump on Thursday warned that Sen. Kamala Harris might become the President of the United States if former Vice President Joe Biden was elected and unable to finish his presidency. “If a woman is going to become the first president of the United States, it can’t be her,” Trump said. “That would rip our country apart. This is not what people want. And she comes in through the back door.” The president spoke about Harris, Biden’s running mate, during a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Thursday night. “This would not be what people want, especially because it’s her. The president recalled that Biden referred to a “Harris-Biden administration” hinting that the former vice president believed that Harris was the president. He also referred to Harris’ comment about a “Harris administration with Biden as president.” “They are a disaster together,” he scoffed. Trump also noted that Harris did terribly...
    In an interview with Gray TV’s Greta Van Susteren broadcast on Wednesday night, President Donald Trump discussed his administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, The Hill reported. Trump dismissed the suggestion that the federal government could have done more to contain the pandemic in the United States, which has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world, and argued that his staff has lost the public relations battle. “I think we did a great job with coronavirus, except at public relations. Look, we would have lost 2 and a half million people, as I’ve said. We’re at 185,000, and it’s too much. One person is too much,” Trump said. The commander-in-chief blamed China for the spread of the virus, suggesting that its government failed to act on time. Once again, Trump stressed that his team did not perform well in terms of PR, suggesting that Democrats, such as Speaker...
    President Donald Trump unleashed a new barrage of attacks against mail-in ballots Thursday morning, claiming that they could potentially cause the 2020 election results to “never be accurately determined.” In a series of tweets, Trump claimed that “”Radical Left Democrats” want “election mayhem” and called on “the big unsolicited ballot states” to “give it up now, before it is too late.” WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 16: U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks at a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on September 16, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump took questions about the administration’s coronavirus response and also sought to clarify comments made by CDC Director Robert Redfield during his recent testimony before Congress. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) The president added that mail in ballots are “a gift to foreign interference into our election.” Because of the new and unprecedented massive amount of...
    CLAIM: Former Vice President Joe Biden and actress Eva Longoria told a Florida audience on Tuesday that President Trump locked immigrant kids in cages at the southern border. VERDICT: Misleading. The policy was devised by the Obama-Biden administration. Biden and Longoria attacked Trump on Tuesday over the Obama-Biden policy of putting kids in cages at the southern border. “Donald Trump has failed the Hispanic community time and time again,” Biden said. “It’s not a secret. Whether it’s in his heinous act of separating children from their families at our border…” he said. Meanwhile, while introducing Biden, Longoria said Trump has spent four years “demonizing Latinos.” “At the border, he has ripped kids from the arms of their parents and has locked them in cages,” she said with the emotional, effective delivery of a highly trained Hollywood actress. Breitbart News previously reported that the policy of separating kids from adults at...
    Joe Biden spoke Wednesday about the work underway for a coronavirus vaccine and said that people should not take President Donald Trump’s word for it when one becomes available without transparency and independent approval from top scientists. He talked about the likely timeline and said it would take months to distribute a vaccine, before adding, “We can’t allow politics to interfere with the vaccine in any way. Americans have had to endure President Trump’s incompetence and dishonesty when it comes to testing and personal protective equipment. We can’t afford to repeat those fiascos when it comes to a vaccine when it occurs.” “Let me be clear,” Biden continued. “I trust vaccines, I trust scientists, but I don’t trust Donald Trump, and at this moment, the American people can’t, either.” He said there are three questions the Trump administration should be able to answer before Americans can trust a vaccine:...
    President Donald Trump on Tuesday questioned why former Vice President Joe Biden used the term “Harris-Biden” to describe his presidential ticket. “Harris – who he, today, said ‘Harris/Biden’ because he thinks she’s president,” he said. “Someday you’ll have to explain that one to me.” Trump commented on Biden’s statement during a town hall with ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday evening. Biden made the remark on Tuesday afternoon during a roundtable with veterans. “The Harris-Biden administration will relaunch that effort and make it easier for military spouses and veterans meaningful careers, to ensure teachers know how to support military children in the classroom, and to improve support for caregivers and survivors so much more than we do now,” the former vice president said. Harris also referred to “a Harris administration together with Joe Biden as the president” during an event in Arizona on Saturday, prompting questions and concerns about her...
    Former FBI agent Peter Strzok told NBC’s Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddNew bill could upend protections against COVID-related lawsuits Secretaries of states warn Election Day could drag out NC election official says state is 'uniquely positioned' for increased use of absentee ballots MORE Sunday that he still believes President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump slams Nevada governor at rally, takes aim at mail-in voting Former NFL coach Mike Holmgren slams Trump pandemic response, throws support to Biden Watch Live: Trump rallies supporters in Nevada MORE to be “compromised by the Russians.” “I believed at the time in 2016 and I continue to believe that Donald Trump is compromised by the Russians,” Strzok said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “And when I say that I mean that they hold leverage over him that makes him incapable of placing the national interest, the national security ahead of his own.” “One of the largest ways...
    OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images, Alex Wong/Getty Images Former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign slammed the Trump administration over reports they interfered with the Centers for Disease Control’s reporting on the coronavirus. On Saturday, the Biden campaign reacted to reporting that former Trump campaign official and current HHS official Michael Caputo has led an effort to interfere with the CDC’s reporting on the coronavirus in order to align it with President Donald Trump’s “optimistic” narrative. In a lengthy statement emailed to Mediaite, Biden Communications Director Kate Bedingfield called the report a “repugnant betrayal,” and connected it to the revelations in tape recordings for Bob Woodward’s book: “When Donald Trump told Bob Woodward that he wanted to downplay the virus, this is the exact kind of repugnant betrayal that he meant. Instead of telling us the truth about the deadly seriousness of COVID-19, this report is further proof that the Trump Administration has been...
    Communications aides within Donald Trump’s administration reportedly changed reports from scientists at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in order to better align with the president’s message that the coronavirus was under control. As Politico reported, one official said that the alterations were done in order to combat the “ulterior deep state motives in the bowels” of the CDC. Michael Caputo, who used to work for the Trump campaign and now acts as the assistant secretary for public affairs in the Department of Health and Human Services, reportedly requested the ability to review reports from CDC scientists before they were released to the public. In several instances, he and his deputies are said to have altered the reports to downplay the severity of COVID-19. They also apparently tried to delay or stop the release of some reports altogether. “Our intention is to make sure that evidence, science-based data drives...
    Savannah Rychcik September 9, 2020 0 Comments Joseph Maldonado-Passage, known as Joe Exotic, is requesting a pardon from President Donald Trump. CBS News obtained the final draft of a letter penned by Maldonado-Passage to Trump, which he will receive on Thursday. Maldonado-Passage opened his letter, “If I have ever looked up to anyone it would be you, not because I need you to save my life but because you stand for what you believe no matter what anyone thinks.” He noted he voted for Trump in the 2016 election, the same year he campaigned for president. Maldonado-Passage expressed his disbelief for the way federal investigators have treated the president. “I am begging you to listen to the millions who see the truth. I’m asking you to listen to your own son Donald Jr. and make this right and grant me a miracle ‘a pardon’ and...
    President Donald Trump will withdraw 2,200 American troops from Iraq in September, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top U.S. commander of Central Command, said on Wednesday. During a change of command ceremony in Iraq, McKenzie announced that the U.S. troop numbers would go from 5,200 to 3,000. “In recognition of the great progress the Iraqi forces have made and in consultation and coordination with the Government of Iraq and our coalition partners, the United States has decided to reduce our troop presence in Iraq from about 5,200 to 3,000 troops during the month of September,” he said. McKenzie said the reduced footprint would allow the U.S. to continue advising and assisting Iraqi forces in rooting out the final remnants of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and ensuring its final defeat. “This decision is due to our confidence in the Iraqi Security Forces’ increased ability to operate independently,”...
    WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is being persecuted by Donald Trump because of the President's 'considerable personal antipathy' to Barack Obama, a professor of peace studies told his extradition hearing in London today. Professor Paul Rogers called Assange's prosecution is politically motivated, and said his political opinions put him in the 'crosshairs' of the Trump administration. Assange, 49, is wanted in the US for allegedly conspiring with army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to expose military secrets between January and May 2010. He is fighting extradition to the US on an 18-count indictment, which alleges he plotted to hack computers and conspired to obtain and disclose national defence information. Seventeen of the 18 charges fall under the Espionage Act. If convicted, Assange faces a possible penalty of 175 years in jail.     Assange, 49, is wanted in the US for allegedly conspiring with army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to expose military secrets between January...
    Speaking with leftist reporter April Ryan, who called her “the first original nasty woman,” former failed 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton decided to exude some nastiness of her own, saying of the Trump administration, “These people will stop at nothing.” Hillary, seated with her husband Bill, continued, “And yes, the Russians helped them last time; the Russians are helping them now. You’ve covered the White House. You know that the White House has said ‘Don’t brief the Congress. Don’t even tell them in classified settings what the Russians are doing this time.’ So anybody who believes that, ‘Yeah,  you know, maybe we’re being mean to Donald Trump because he’s different; he’s bombastic; he’s this; he’s that.’ No. He is a clear and present danger to our freedoms, our liberties, our unity, and we’ve got to defeat him.” Hillary, the same woman who infamously called Trump supporters “deplorables,” claimed, “Are we...
    Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie blasted a recent report in the Atlantic that claimed President Trump disparaged American veterans and fallen soldiers, and said the current administration has been far better than the previous one in how it has treated veterans. Wilkie told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that the comments attributed to the president in the report by anonymous sources do not reflect the Donald Trump he knows. TRUMP 2020 CAMPAIGN SPOKESMAN BLASTS REPORT TRUMP DISPARAGED AMERICAN WAR DEAD AS 'FAKE' "I would be offended, too, if I thought it was true," Wilkie said. "I am very proud that this president has led to a renaissance in veterans affairs." Wilkie said that the Obama administration had a 37% approval rating among veterans in 2014 and 2015, compared to 90% for President Trump. Host Dana Bash countered Wilkie's skepticism by pointing to reports that "have corroborated parts of...
    A Saturday report from The Telegraph covers leaked meeting notes that suggest that United States President Donald Trump pushed back on former United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May’s calls to expel Russian diplomats after the poisoning of former Russian military officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter. The notes were taken during high-level meetings between the U.K. and U.S. and shine a light on the unique relationship between the two countries. “No, all of us have to be together,” Trump allegedly said of the push to expel Russian spies. “Germany has to do something. You have to put together a coalition. I’m not willing for the U.S. to go first and then have others not to do anything. Germany has to do something.” “I would rather follow than lead,” he reportedly said elsewhere in the conversation. According to the report, one U.S. official listening in on the call claimed that May...
    Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday addressed New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt’s claim that Mike Pence was on standby amid Donald Trump’s Walter Reed Medical Center visit last year, Raw Story reported. “I’m not going to speculate on what it means,” Biden told reporters. “What I can say is nothing this administration does is normal. And so I’m not being facetious when I say that. So who in god’s name knows what it’s all about, I just don’t know. I don’t know and I’m not going to speculate.” The former vice president also expressed his thoughts on the visit in the context of his experience in Barack Obama’s administration. “The only time that I have been on notice is when the president’s out of the country, and I’m in the country. That, not that I should wait for something to be immediately — be aware of anything, but...
    (CNN)Late last week, the state of California hit an absolutely remarkable milestone: It filed its 100th lawsuit against President Donald Trump and his administration.Yes, you read that right: 100 lawsuits. (By way of comparison, Texas sued the Obama administration 48 times during his two full terms.)"I am surprised that any president in any administration would at least 100 times be caught red-handed violating the law," California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a Democrat, told the Los Angeles Times of the feat. "I am not surprised we have had to sue, because we have to protect our people, our resources and our values, and we use the rule of law to do that." THE POINT -- NOW ON YOUTUBE! In each episode of his weekly YouTube show, Chris Cillizza will delve a little deeper into the surreal world of politics. Click to subscribe! And California's litigation against the Trump...
    In a bizarre defense of President Donald Trump on "Meet The Press," White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows tried to convince NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday that Trump was both responsible for creating a “peaceful” America” and blameless for violence disrupting American cities.   "You want to talk about Donald Trump's America. Most of Donald Trump's America is peaceful," Meadows said. “It is a Democrat-led city in Portland that we're talking about this morning, who just yesterday denied help once again from the federal government." He then alluded to scenes of violence and called for “these people that are conducting these acts to go to jail.” Meadows contradicted himself in a laughable but not particularly unique fashion as he mainly echoed statements made Thursday by the commander-in-chief himself at the Republican National Convention. During the convention, the president alleged an increase in crime in cities that have been holding anti-police brutality demonstrations. Trump listed cities like Portland,...
    (AP) — George Floyd. Sacagawea. The guy who invented air conditioning. Americans’ suggestions of suitable statues for President Donald Trump’s planned National Garden of American Heroes are in, and they’re more activist, less white and far more indigenous than the president’s nominees. Well, for the most part, anyway. The administration also is leaving open the possibility of a statue of Trump himself in the Trump-created statue park after receiving what it said were “multiple nominations” of the president. Trump ordered up the statue park during a Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore, and set up a task force on a 60-day deadline to get the idea going. He also mused in a tweet that it would be a “good idea” to carve his own face into that memorial. The task force charged with executing Trump’s vision – with all of the publicly listed members white — says it sent...
    George Floyd. Sacagawea. The guy who invented air conditioning. Americans’ suggestions of suitable statues for President Donald Trump’s planned National Garden of American Heroes are in, and they look considerably different from the predominantly white worthies that the administration has locked in for many of the pedestals. The outside nominations are more activist, less white and far more indigenous. Well, for the most part, anyway. The administration also is leaving open the possibility of a statue of Trump himself in the Trump-created statue park after receiving what it said were “multiple nominations” of the president. Trump ordered up the statue park during a Fourth of July speech at Mount Rushmore, and set up a task force on a 60-day deadline to get the idea going. He also mused in a tweet that it would be a “good idea” to carve his own face into that memorial. The task...
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